#DayEarthSmiled – AstropoetAmee

The moment Cassini saw

Turn and look, above, just there, shutter blast;
the signal released, scattering its way
past the moons, skipping the dust, until rest.
smile. don’t blink. cheeseburger. you are a ray.
A silhouette on a blue marble, being
blue. Pixel width; awe left in a sunbeam.
Inconspicuous floating, where’s the string?
But point across billions and seem
important, the singularity where
so much matters and the balance is tipped
with a wrong look, grimace, untimely glare.
The shutter closes, story recorded.
But in that blink there is time, remember,
you are stardust and every star must explode.

This poem is my personal contribution for the poetic celebration of #DayEarthSmiled #WaveatSaturn as Cassini turns to image Saturn and Earth. To read more about this project and this day see here.

#DayEarthSmiled – Sue Couch

19th July 2013

Today a lens will point towards our home,

Reveal how it appears from distant space

As if to catch from that celestial dome

A reassuring glimpse of our own face.

Propelled beyond the orbit that we know

By thirst for truth and hunger to explore

We satisfied the dreams of long ago

And sent a questing ship to Saturn’s shore.

Almost a thousand million miles was run,

Cassini turns an eye towards the Earth

As mighty Saturn eclipses the Sun,

Reminds us what our tiny speck is worth.

Therefore today a moment try and save

To do that sweetly human thing, and wave.

– Sue Couch

Follow Sue on Twitter at @suzifulham and find more of her poetry on her blog.

This poem was submitted by the author as a contribution for the poetic celebration of #DayEarthSmiled #WaveatSaturn as Cassini turns to image Saturn and Earth. To read more about this project and this day see here.

#DayEarthSmiled – Jim Highfield

Worlds Apart

Ringed Planet you pose so majesticly
A jewel in the blackness of space
Do you even notice our small craft named Cassini?
Allowing us to admire you from our humble place
Watching from above the rings and amongst your many moons
Titan, Rhea, Dione and Lapetus keep it company
The shadows of your tilted rings dance upon the festoons
We see your aurorae, hexagons and storms from so far away
Have you even noticed our pale blue home?
in the wash of the brilliant sun
Our hunger for knowlege we must atone
So we visit and study the ring-ed one.
Just once your visitor will turn away to see from where it came
And show you our blue world so far away. Earth is its name.

– Jim Highfield

Follow Jim on Twitter at @bluegrassgazer.
Jim is a father of two, husband, amateur astronomer, runner, and works in I.T. at a local hospital group.

This poem was submitted by the author as a contribution for the poetic celebration of #DayEarthSmiled #WaveatSaturn as Cassini turns to image Saturn and Earth. To read more about this project and this day see here.

#DayEarthSmiled – Tony the Star Guide

Sonnet to the Earth

How the wonder does thou feel from afar
Down gravity’s path round sol our near star
A cradle orbits carrying within
Earth’s offering of fertile wonderland
But how the better breeze from water flows
The life above the ocean waves does know
To build and craft a sail uncoils, outward
Literally the breath of life it sends
Aids in its journey outward Saturn bound
To where a pause, a second look, taken
A new eye of life’s creation shares us
Like one voyager glancing back to say
As an echoed human voice bids Goodbye
Oh, fair earth be staid, be peaceful, be kind.

– Tony Berendsen

To learn more about Tony the Star Guide and Tahoe Star Tours visit the website.

This poem was submitted by the author as a contribution for the poetic celebration of #DayEarthSmiled #WaveatSaturn as Cassini turns to image Saturn and Earth. To read more about this project and this day see here.

#DayEarthSmiled – Andy Rivkin

Not Just the Earth in Other Guise

A foreign world so much unlike our own,
With frigid, toxic clouds to fill its skies,
And we detect no grass or lake or stone
When telescope or spacecraft espies.
‘Tis not just the Earth in other guise,
But its formation differed in fundamentals.
Its icy girdle yet one more surprise
When astronomy became experimental.
Mayhap you think this argument tangential
and dismiss it with just a grin and wave
Point out similarities so elemental
That the planets’ common nursery once gave.
Organic oceans surging in our veins,
And snowy geysers sing ancient refrains.

– Andy Rivkin

Follow Andy on Twitter at @asrivkin and find his blog here.

This poem was submitted by the author as a contribution for the poetic celebration of #DayEarthSmiled #WaveatSaturn as Cassini turns to image Saturn and Earth. To read more about this project and this day see here.

We are the Pale Blue Dot

Greetings friends!

An exciting event approaches! On July 19th a magical thing will happen. A picture of the Earth will be taken…from past Saturn by Cassini. And I think that we should all be a part of it. Not only should we turn and give a wave, but let’s give a sonnet, or any type of poem, to Saturn and Cassini that day. Because we are all on that blue dot, and we’re not going anywhere for a while. It’s the perfect moment to remember, how wonderful and perfect this dust mote is floating in a sunbeam.

So here’s your mission! Email me a poem at astropoetamee@gmail.com! I suggest a sonnet but I’m happy to see anything besides as well! And on July 19th, throughout the day, I will post the poems of those who have shared with me so that whole day we can send our love to Saturn. Share these poems with the world and let’s remember what it’s like to be a pixel in space.

In your email, please include your poem (pasted into the email and in a .docx attachment), your name (or how you want to be represented), a picture of you or a picture that you feel represents you (please only send me pictures that you have the rights to, aka, pictures you have taken), and if you want to include a website or any other information let me know.

Please read more about this amazing opportunity from Carolyn Porco of the Cassini Imaging Team.

If you would like to take my recommendation of writing a Sonnet to Saturn and Cassini you can learn more about the form that goes into a sonnet and the different types see here.